May 16, 2015.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

What I purchased last week:

 

These books were $0.99, $1.99 or $2.99.

 

Here are a few free books I picked up that are still free:

 

I’m excited to start reading! What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?



May 03, 2015.

I’ve heard great things about author Jennifer Estep. She has a long standing urban fantasy series that sounds right up my alley, but I’ve never got a chance to start it. So, when I saw that she was beginning a new series, I knew I had to grab it, especially after I saw that beautiful cover!

 

 

Title: Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade)

Author: Jennifer Estep

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Kensington via NetGalley

Release date: April 2015

Pages: 368

ASIN: B00M4ASUO2

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
There Be Monsters Here. . .
It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

 

I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

 

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call–get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her. . .

 

 

REVIEW:
Lila Merriweather is a thief who steals from those who won’t report the crime…like the mob families that rule the town. She’s quick, she’s fast and she doesn’t get caught. But when she sees a handsome young man being kidnapping, she makes a mistake—she intervenes. As a ‘reward’ for keeping him safe, she is coerced into becoming his new protector, and her very private life becomes public. Now people from all sides are hunting them, and she must decide whom to trust. If she chooses wrong, she’ll die protecting others just like her mother.

 

This books started off great, full of action and suspense. I enjoyed getting to know Lila and her snarky anti-social views on life. She doesn’t trust anyone, especially not the cute guy she’s now supposed to guard. The interaction between Lila and Devon was a hoot, the way they danced about their attraction and their suspicions of each other. I loved learning about their Talents and the magic of the realm, not to mention the monsters who inhabit the world. Unfortunately, I wanted more. There was a depth to the book that was missing. Cold Burn of Magic felt like an urban fantasy, but without all the normal violence and angst…my favorite parts. So while I enjoyed this unique book and found it clever, it felt like it was written for younger readers.



May 02, 2015.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

What I purchased last week:

 

All of these books were $0.99 or $1.99. I also picked up the Charley Davidson series

 

Here are a few free books that have caught my attention:

I found a couple more, but the prices have already turned to normal.

 

What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?



April 25, 2015.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

I purchased a number of $0.99 and $1.99 books last week:

 

 

Here are the free books I downloaded:
 

 

I already own a few of these books, but it looks like they are all on sale today:
 

 

 

 

What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?



April 18, 2015.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

I was frugal, and ended up with only two books, both were on sale at the time. What I purchased last week:

 

I already own this book, but thought some of you might be interested in this sale.

 
 
 
 
 
I also found a few free books that caught my attention:

 
 
These books were free, but it looks like they went back to normal pricing already. They have such great reviews, I wanted to still post them.

 

What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?
 



April 11, 2015.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

What I purchased last week:

 

All of these books were $0.99 or $1.99. Some really beautiful covers this week!

 

I also found a few free books that caught my attention:

 

What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?
 



April 09, 2015.

I used to be an avid reader of historical romance…until everything paranormal took over my life. Then, a few months ago, I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read (not that I was lacking books!) and picked up an historical. Much to my surprise, I loved it. So, I’ve been scouring my shelves for some more, and found book one Only Scandal Will Do (Pleasure House) by Jenna Jaxon.

 

Book two Only Marriage Will Do (Pleasure House) will be released on June 9th. Here’s a little bit about the book…

Only Marriage Will Do

Blurb:

Not every happy-ever-after begins at “I do.”

 

When the hero of her dreams rescues Lady Juliet Ferrers from the man claiming to be her husband, she is sure she has found her one true love.  But is she free to marry him?  Not to be deterred, Juliet arranges for her hero, Captain Amiable Dawson, to escort her to her family estate, hoping that along the way she can win his love.

 

Amiable is charmed by the sweet, beautiful woman he rescued, and although he has grave reservations about her marital status, he allows himself to be swept up into Juliet’s romantic spell and the promise of a happy-ever-after.

 

The spell breaks when legal questions arise and Juliet faces the horror of not knowing if she is married to her knight in shining armor or the cruel viscount who is determined to have her at any price.

 

Excerpt:

London July 2, 1761

The brass lion-head knocker under Amiable Dawson’s hand sent a sharp rap through the dark walnut door of Dunham House for the second time. The hot July sun hadn’t done his temper any good as he waited on the marble stoop for entrance to the Marquess of Dalbury’s townhouse. He’d been in a foul mood ever since the news of his beloved Katarina’s marriage to the marquess had reached him. Blast it to hell, he was supposed to have married the girl. At least he could make sure she was well and well taken care of by this man she had married.

 

At last a short, dark-haired maid opened the door. She took one look at him, gasped, and stepped back into the house. Her eyes widened and she glanced to her right, wringing her hands. “Who may I say—”

 

A man shouted from within. “No, I do not believe you.”

 

“It is true, I tell you!” A woman’s voice, raised and sharp with terror, sent a chill through Amiable.

 

Katarina. What in God’s name?

 

He barged past the stunned girl and strode down the hall toward the commotion. He burst through the doorway, expecting to defend the woman he loved, only to stop dead at the sight of a man lunging across a sofa and grasping a woman by the wrist. Amiable had half drawn his sword before he realized the woman was not Katarina, but a complete stranger. He dropped it back into its scabbard. This was none of his affair.

 

The young man, foppishly dressed in a robin’s egg blue satin coat dripping too many layers of frothy lace at throat and wrists looked at Amiable, a snarl on his lips.

 

Taking advantage of the distraction, the woman wrenched her arm from the man’s grip. “Praise God. Here he is.” She staggered as she righted herself. “Now you will have to believe me, Philippe.”

 

The fop scrambled back off the sofa and groped for a black lacquer walking stick that lay on the floor. Lips pressed together, he glowered at the woman. “That remains to be seen, ma chere. In any case, I have shown you the papers. They speak for themselves.”

 

The woman ran from behind the sofa to Amiable’s side, grazed a kiss over his cheek and whispered, “For God’s sake, help me. I am alone here and he is trying to take me away. Please, agree with whatever I say.”

 

Smiling into her pleading face, he grasped her hands and gave them a gentle squeeze to signal his acquiescence. “Whatever is the matter, my dear?” Hell if he knew. But he could play his part, even with little information. Let the lady lead and he’d follow as well as he could.

 

The woman smiled then took a deep breath. “My dear, may I present Viscount St. Cyr?” She nodded toward the fop. “Philippe, this is my husband, the Earl of Manning.”

 

break

 

After reading that sneak peek, I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

 

To learn more about the author, visit her site at Jenna Jaxon or go directly to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and buy yourself a copy.  :)

 



April 05, 2015.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

I didn’t pick up much last week. All the books I did find were on sale for $0.99.

 

 

I also received Omega from NetGalley that I’m really excited to read.

 

 

What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?

 



April 01, 2015.

The fifth and final book in the Weird Girls series came out in March. I loved the first books in the series, so of course I need to find out how things end.

 

 

Title: A Curse Unbroken: A Weird Girls Novel

Author: Cecy Robson

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Random House LLC via NetGalley

Release date: March 2015

Pages: 296

ASIN: B00P54ZO5W

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
The preternatural world is changing. After a massive magical throwdown tore apart the established order, the dark elements are rebuilding their ranks unopposed. Celia Wird’s world is changing, too. She’s the mate of the pureblood were Aric, and his Warriors are honor-bound to protect her family as she and her sisters recover from unimaginable horrors.

 

Celia hesitates to reveal the true extent of the Wird sisters’ trauma, but they aren’t the only ones keeping secrets: Aric and the werewolf Elders are tracking a stone that grants limitless power. So is a tough coven of witches. Then Misha, a master vampire with his own plans for the stone, sends Celia after it. Can she and the vamps beat both the weres and the witches to the treasure before it falls into the wrong hands?

 

Fearing for Celia’s safety, Aric begs her to stay out of the hunt. What they don’t realize is that they’re the ones being hunted. But Celia’s ready to prove that she’s not easy prey.

 

 

REVIEW:
Celia and her sisters have been through hell and back, leaving their lives in utter chaos. Friendships are broken, while new enemies are forged. Just when Celia and Aric start to put things back together, they are attacked, and a strange new affliction leaves the group at odds with each other. With the paranormal world on the brink of war, they learn a stone of limitless power can tip the balance between good and evil. As everyone scrambles to claim the stone, Celia and Aric must overcome their fears and start working together to find it first or the fragile future of their race will crumble.

 

I adore all the world building that went into the Weird Girls series. This book resumes right after the last book, with plenty of action and angst to keep me flipping the pages. Unfortunately, the strong characters that started the series became so eroded in the last two books, they passed beyond the point of return for me. Though I still liked them, they’ve been through too much. Instead of pulling them closer, they didn’t feel like friends anymore. I love the lore in this series, but it became a bit lost in all the personal drama. By the end of the book, the relationship between Aric and Celia felt rocky, the big reveal so forced, it pulled me right out of the story. So, while I was a bit disappointed in this book, there was enough magic left that I will pick up the spin-off series.

 

 

Previous books in the series (Aren’t the covers gorgeous!!):

There are also a number of novellas available as well.

 



March 30, 2015.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

What I purchased last week:

 

 

All of these books were $0.99. I’m excited to start reading! What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?